The 2023 Toyota Tundra is fresh off a full redesign. Now in its second year, a new SX Package is offered on the SR5 trim to add a dark design theme.
Choosing Your Toyota Tundra
The Tundra is available in SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, and 1794 trims with base prices that range from $37,745 to $61,255 with destination.
The Tundra is equipped with a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 that churns out 389 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque and sends power through a 10-speed automatic to the rear wheels. A part-time four-wheel drive system is available for about $3,000.
The modern powertrain helps the Tundra achieve 19 miles per gallon combined (20 MPG with two-wheel drive) per the EPA which is significantly better than the last generation but only good enough to match the RAM’s electrified V8 but falls one shy of the F-150’s more powerful turbocharged V6.
Like most of its competitors, the Tundra offers a hybrid powertrain for more performance and a bit more efficiency.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Tundra is offered in Double Cab with forward-hinged rear doors and CrewMax which features full-size rear doors. The larger cab model is offered with a 5.5-foot bed and a 6.5-foot bed that is standard on the Double Cab. The Double Cab also offers a long 8.1-foot bed. The popular crew cab and short bed configuration stretches to 233.6 inches which is about the same as a similarly specified F-150 or RAM 1500. The Tundra’s Double Cab offers about 33 inches of rear legroom (about one inch more than the Tacoma’s Double Cab which is decidedly tight) while the CrewMax provides nearly 42 inches of legroom which is more than enough for crossing legs, however, the Ford and RAM offer more.
The Tundra can tow up to 12,000 pounds and even in crew cab four-wheel drive configuration, it can still pull about 11,000 pounds and haul about 1,700 pounds in the bed – more than the RAM which also features coil springs but slightly less than the Ford and Chevrolet which run leaf springs.
The Tundra is standard with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control with lane centering, automatic high beams, and road sign assist. The SR5 offers blind spot monitoring with trailer detection and rear cross-traffic alert with the Convenience Package ($1,560) which is included on the Limited (and up) trim.
While the 2023 model has yet to be tested the 2022 crew cab is named an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ and earns Superior ratings for its vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian (daytime) collision prevention and Good (best) ratings for its upgraded headlights (standard on the Platinum trim). The government (NHTSA) has not yet rated the Tundra.
The SR and SR5 are equipped with an eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and SiriusXM compatibility, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and remote connectivity. A 14-inch touchscreen is optional on the SR5 and standard on the Limited which offers a premium sound system that is then standard on the Platinum trim which also gains a wireless charger.
The base trim features LED headlights (with manual leveling) and tail lights, a cab-mounted LED cargo light, a composite bed with an easy lower and lift tailgate, power windows and mirrors that are also heated, a 4.2-inch color driver information display, and 18-inch steel wheels.
The SR5 adds black A-pillar and B-pillar masking, a body-color grille surround, 18-inch wheels, LED fog lights, proximity entry with remote tailgate release, a tow/haul driving mode, automatic climate control, and rear HVAC vents (CrewMax).
The SX package is new for 2023 and sports 18-inch gray wheels, body-color exterior trim including the door handles and rear bumper, blacked-out badges, and black interior accents. It is offered in white, gray, silver, and black exterior colors.
The Premium Package ($2,290) features synthetic leather seats, with eight-way power adjustability for the driver, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and dual-zone climate control. The Advanced Technology Package includes the Premium and Convenience Packages as well as a surround-view camera system, mirrors with integrated turn signals, a digital rearview mirror, upgraded audio, and a trailer backup guide with straight path steering assist. Adding rear air suspension (CrewMax) ups the package’s costs to $7,435.
The TRD Sport Package ($2,360) brings black 20-inch wheels, a half-inch lower suspension with revised tuning, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The TRD Off-Road Package ($2,410 on four-wheel-drive models) adds different 18-inch alloy wheels with all-terrain tires, a unique grille with chrome surround, Bilstein shocks, additional skid plates, terrain-specific traction control, crawl control, and a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Toyota groups those core packages in various combinations.
The Limited trim features a gray-painted grille with a satin chrome surround, chrome window trim and door handles, and satin chrome rear bumper inserts. Upgraded headlights, sequential turn signals, and automatic leveling, the features of the Premium Package, ventilated seats, soft-touch dash and door panels, panel and door trim, and 20-inch wheels are also included. The unsuitably named Limited Power Package is $385 and adds 400W/120V outlets in the cabin and bed and LED bed lighting. The upgraded stereo $565, rear air suspension ($650), surround-view monitor ($950), and a panoramic sunroof ($1,350) are among the notable stand-alone options on the crew cab model. The Off-Road Package is $3,085 and takes on 20-inch gloss black wheels in addition to the off-road gear.
The Limited’s Premium Package brings the improved headlights and the trailer backup assist system for $1,910 as well as a surround-view monitor and upgraded audio.
The Platinum trim is only available with the CrewMax cab and wears a dark chrome mesh grille with dark chrome surround, gloss-black window trim, painted-black fender flares, black badges with a one on the door, a body-color rear bumper, and dark alloy 20-inch wheels. The features of the Limited Premium and Power packages, sequential turn signals in the rear, a panoramic sunroof, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, ambient lighting, rear door window shades, and a heated power-adjustable steering wheel are included to also account for some of the significant price jump.
Power running boards are offered for $1,350 and are bundled into the Advanced Package ($2,995) which also includes adaptive dampers, air suspension, and a head-up display.
The 1794 brings bright chrome to the mesh grille and its surround, window trim, lower door trim, door handles, badges, rear bumper, mirror caps, and 20-inch machine-finished wheels. American Walnut wood trim with cream leather seats brings a unique interior.
The TRD Off-Road Package is offered ($2,410) and the same Advanced Package from the Platinum trim is also available.
The TRD Pro and Capstone trims add more capability and luxury and are only offered with the hybrid powertrain.
We’d opt for the very well-equipped but very reasonably priced Limited trim and add the Premium Package for its easy-to-use trailer assist system and the surround-view monitor.